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We're in the 'dog days' of summer

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These are the dog days of summer. 

The term "dog days" dates from ancient times and has to do with the stellar constellations which are prominent in the night sky during July and August. 

In ancient times, the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, also known from ages past as the "Dog Star," rose close to the sun in August. 

Things have changed in the night sky over the past thousand years. Sirius no longer rises close to the sun in the late summer. 

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